Jessica Sanchez meets PNoy in LA
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III and Filipina-Mexican "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez met in Los Angeles, California on Friday (Saturday in Manila) before returning to Manila from his US trip.
|Jessica Sanchez meets President Benigno "Nonoy" Aquino III. Photo by Nadia Trinidad, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau Chief|
Aquino, after his dialogue with members of the Filipino community in Los Angeles, met Sanchez along with members of her family.
The meeting was set as a part of the Los Angeles leg of the president's official state visit to the United States.
Moments after the meeting, Sanchez posted on micro-blogging site Twitter: "Heading back, that was an honor :)"
After her runner-up finish on the reality singing competition, Malacañang had expressed its support for the Pinay pride, saying that “throughout her long, arduous journey, people considered Ms. Sanchez a performer imbued with an extraordinary gift of music and heart.”
It added that Sanchez's "American Idol" stint was only the beginning of a great career for the 16-year-old singer.
Sanchez earlier expressed her gratitude for the support of the Philippine government, saying, “Thank you so much for all the support, hopefully I can meet you [Aquino] soon.”
Sanchez is set to sing the American national anthem at the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) .